Dental Technology Level 3

Health, Public Services and Care

Health, Public Services and Care
Health, Public Services and Care
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code P00136
Qualification Type National Award (BTEC)
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This is a two year full time course

About the course

Dental Technology is the theoretical and practical knowledge and understanding of oral and facial rehabilitation appliances and prostheses, their fabrication and function. This course leads to a recognised General Dental Council approved qualification. If you are successful you will be able to register with the G.D.C. and carry out the profession of Dental Technician. 

The course leads directly to employment and is the basic qualification required for employment in Dental Technology. The course is taught by experienced, qualified and G.D.C. Registered Dental Technology Tutors in a fully equipped dental technology laboratory.

Students study the principles and practical techniques of making appliances in the three primary areas of:-

  • prosthetics full and partial dentures
  • orthodontics straightening and repositioning teeth, using braces
  • fixed prosthodontics  restoration of natural teeth, using crowns and bridge work.

In addition you will study associated areas of dental anatomy, dental biomaterial science, dental radiography, first aid, law and ethics.

In year 1 you will study two full days per week in college. Year 2 consists of two full days in college and two days work placement throughout the year.

The college will normally arrange suitable work placements with dental laboratories in the surrounding area. You can arrange your own work placement but the college will need to visit and approve the laboratory providing the placement.

Will this course suit me?

This course will suit students who have good hand skills, an eye for detail and enjoy practical craft type activities including art and design.

Qualification Title

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Dental Technology

This course carries UCAS points equivalent to 3 A levels. Please check the UCAS website for more details.



How will it be delivered?

The course is assessed entirely by coursework therefore you need to have good time management skills and be able to work to targets and deadlines.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including Double Science, English Language and Maths.


Your next steps...

Where can it lead?

Most students will go straight into employment as dental technicians.
Dental technology is a recognised area of shortage with less than 5,000 technicians currently on the G.D.C register. In the past the majority of students successfully completing the course have secured employment in the profession, usually at the laboratory where they undertook their work placement.
Students with good grades can apply to university to study dental therapy, dental technology or other related subjects at degree/HND level.